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June 18, 2012

Split-Gut Song

Author:  Karen J. Ford

Karen Jackson Ford’s  Split-Gut Song: Jean Toomer and the Poetics of Modernity investigates how Toomer and other modernist writers equated certain poetic forms with specific racial or national identities.

June 7, 2012

The Letters of Jean Toomer

Author: Mark Whalan

Jean Toomer was a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance and in the  twentieth-century modernist movement, and this represents the first-ever  annotated collection of his correspondence. The letters included in the  volume were written in the five years surrounding Toomer’s publication  of his seminal work, Cane, and lend unique insight into the life,  aesthetics, politics, and work of a central figure in American  literature of the early twentieth century. (more…)

The Great War and the Culture of the New Negro

Author: Mark Whalan

This is the first book to explore the wide-ranging significance of World War One to the culture of the Harlem Renaissance. Reading authors such as Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, Alain Locke, James Weldon Johnson, and W.E.B. Du Bois, the book argues that the war served as a crucial event conditioning African American cultural understandings of masculinity, memory, and nationality in the 1920s and after.

American Culture in the 1910s

Author: Mark Whalan

This book offers a cultural survey of this decade, dominated by the horrors of the first modern war, but which also witnessed the flowering of modernism, the birth of Hollywood, and the rise of progressive interpretations of culture and society. Chapters focus on fiction and poetry; fine art and photography; cinema and vaudeville; music, dance, and theater; and a conclusion which explores the impact of the First World War on cultural understandings of nationalism, citizenship, and propaganda.

April 23, 2012

Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde

Author:  Paul Peppis

In his book Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde, Paul Peppis argues that Vorticism, England’s foremost avant-garde movement used nationalism to advance literature and avant-garde literature to advance empire.

February 2, 2012


Author:  Elizabeth Wheeler

Elizabeth Wheeler’s latest book Uncontained, published by Rutgers University Press, July 2001, argues that postwar-American urban fictions, canonical and not, when read against each other not only reveal but also critique a story of containment, repression, and segregation.